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Deck and Pergola Design Rendering by Archadeck

Deck and Pergola Design, Rendering by Archadeck

As mentioned in our previous post, “Deck design with your space in mind”, Archadeck works with customers to lock-down the absolute best deck, screened porch or other outdoor structural design for your home and backyard, first.

Afterwards, it’s time for material selection.

And the next logical question among customers is, “How do I choose which decking material is right for me?”

And the answer is… “It depends”.

Material selection for a deck or other outdoor structure can seem confusing to customers because of the sheer number of products and suppliers in today’s market.  But a great contractor will help you consider all of the options and finalize your material selection to best match your personal druthers, your lifestyle and your budget.

Seriously.  We understand because it can seem complicated.

But let’s begin with some generalities as a starting point:

Decks, St. Louis, Mo - Cedar Deck, Rails, Balusters by Archadeck

Decks, St. Louis, Mo – Cedar Deck, Rails, Balusters by Archadeck

Wood Decking

Wood decking is classic in style with a natural, warm appearance.  But the trick to maintaining those natural ‘good looks’ is simple:  proper maintenance.

Many folks will gladly perform the routine maintenance required for pressure treated or cedar decks in exchange for their natural beauty and the cost savings only found with wood.

If, on the other hand, you want a low-maintenance product, wood decking might not be for you.

*As a side note, exotic hardwood decking like Tigerwood and Ipe are some of the finest, most elegant products on the market today.  If you have questions regarding tropical hardwoods, please give us a call or visit our website for more information specifically about hardwoods.

Composite Decking

Deck, St. Louis, Wildwood, Fiberon Ipe by Archadeck

Fiberon Horizon Capped Composite Deck in Ipe, by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

Composite decking – capped or uncapped — is a man-made product that combines wood fibers with plastics resulting in a strong, durable and low-maintenance decking material.

Capped composites, however, have a plastic surface added to each board which provides protection against fading and staining.

Capped and uncapped composites have various price-points and are readily available in attractive colors or in natural wood-tones, but neither product requires stain, paint or sanding. Read the rest of this entry »

Cedar Wood Decks, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

Cedar Decking in St. Louis, Des Peres Mo, by Archadeck

When folks are ready to build a deck for their home, they usually begin by exploring decking material options which have increased dramatically in recent years.

Natural woods remain a very popular choice among our St. Louis customers; however over the past 15 years, there are now several quality product-lines of low maintenance decking available — vinyl, composite and capped composite.

These synthetic boards are designed to emulate the look of real wood but are actually manufactured.

Trex Low Maintenance Decking, photo by Trex

Trex Low Maintenance Decking, photo by Trex

So how should you decide on materials for your new deck, porch, screen room, gazebo or other outdoor space?

Your decision can be easily determined by your personal preference for aesthetics, maintenance and project budget.


Composites and vinyls were developed to emulate the visual qualities of wood, but in reality nothing comes closer to real wood than… real wood.

Real wood has a natural aroma, knots, streaks and other characteristics that make wood uniquely special.  And lovable. Read the rest of this entry »

Tigerwood Deck by Archadeck, St. Louis

Tigerwood Deck by Archadeck, St. Louis – displays floor board pattern

There’s nothing that equals the beauty of wood… wood floors, wood furniture, wood decks and other outdoor living structures built using wood.

Appealing characteristics of wood include aesthetics, durability and the utter uniqueness of each and every board.

In addition to pressure treated lumber and cedar, contractors can use Tigerwood, Ipe and other natural woods for decks, porches, pergolas and gazebos.

Yet with today’s composite and vinyl decking materials, builders can also design a deck, or other outdoor structure, to simulate the look of wood — complete with deck board ‘streaking’ … a ‘look’ that was previously unique only to natural woods.

So let’s take a look at several options that are the ‘real-wood-deal’ as well as decking materials that ‘capture’ the ‘look and feel’ of real wood. Read the rest of this entry »

Wood deck designs are affordable, attractive, durable, and versatile; thus, wood decks remain a popular choice in the St. Louis region.

Along with newer generation composite and vinyl decking materials, beautiful solid wood is a great product for outdoor living spaces.

See a few examples of handsome wood decks by Archadeck in the slideshow below… Read the rest of this entry »


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